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Invisiblecarbonhoots
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Vancouver pot shop busted
    #3116994 - 09/10/04 02:46 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1094786145074_90195345/?hub=Canada

Police conduct raid on Vancouver 'pot cafe'
Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — A force of about 30 police cars shut down a movie shoot to surround a cafe accused of selling marijuana, securing surrounding alley ways and erecting barricades to keep back angry crowds.

Six people were detained in the raid, which comes a day after B.C.'s Solicitor General encouraged police to crack down on the Da Kine Cafe.

Officers have been letting it conduct business as usual despite glaring media reports that it openly sells marijuana over the counter.

Spokeswoman Sarah Bloor said police have been aware of the cafe, that it has been on their radar but that it takes time to methodically build a case.

Police obtained a search warrant and Bloor said it had been thoroughly investigated.

"If people are blatantly drug trafficking, they can expect a visit. The Vancouver Police Department has to uphold the law," she said.

"We don't respond to political or public opinion. We have not received any complaints with regard to this particular cafe. When they openly flaunted their activity, we felt it necessary to act."

The move outraged hundreds of people in the funky Commercial Drive neighbourhood who filled the street, screaming at the officers to go home.

Many defiantly smoked joints as police standing at barricades up and down the block filmed the crowd.

Bloor said massive police presence was to ensure safety of police and public.

She said no announcement would be made about charges until Friday.

"We're obtaining evidence an any other property that may be of value to the investigation," she said.


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Re: Vancouver pot shop busted [Re: carbonhoots]
    #3118219 - 09/10/04 01:27 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

That sucks.


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Re: Vancouver pot shop busted [Re: carbonhoots]
    #3118234 - 09/10/04 01:34 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

My friend CJ, who is a fucked individual, blew a puff of weed smoke in a Canadian cop's face. It was pretty funny, the cop knew we were American punks and glared at us.


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Re: Vancouver pot shop busted [Re: carbonhoots]
    #3120684 - 09/11/04 12:14 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

We don't respond to political or public opinion.

wtf, isn't that the whole point of having a police force? Serve and protect, going 'by the book' is not always best.

We have not received any complaints with regard to this particular cafe

*sigh*, so now all those people will have to get their weed from street drug dealers, at inflated prices, rather than at a cafe running a business that is obviously not increasing criminal activity, but probably lowering it...


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Re: Vancouver pot shop busted [Re: chodamunky]
    #3121935 - 09/11/04 12:56 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I think it'll be back. Or a shop like it.

This was just one battle in a war that the enemy is slowly but surely losing. I think it's fucking awesome that someone finally took a stand.

Only a matter of time, people!


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Re: Vancouver pot shop busted [Re: MOTH]
    #3122083 - 09/11/04 01:47 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Yeah. It is back. That place is opened the next day and sold pot. There are other stores in the area doing it too...

Hmmm, when your doing business at 30,000$ a day, I guess a Canadian traficking charge is small potatoes. If I could make money like than for even a week I'd be willing to go through it.

In the States, these guys would be looking at 10 years in jail or something right? Here in Canada, I'm not sure if these guys will get into much trouble.

We'll see what happens.


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